TILLT’s History

TILLT’s roots go back in time more than a hundred years, when the theatre company Skådebanan was founded in Stockholm in 1910.

In recent years, the regional spin-off Skådebanan Västra Götaland evolved together with society as a whole. This has meant changes in the activities, which make us now even better equipped to realize our vision:

”A creative society in which art contributes to human growth”
The history and soul of TILLT had – and still have, in many ways – their origin in a popular educational setting seeking to build cultural and creative values for all. The goal has continuously been to widen interest for culture and make culture available for as many as possible.
We believe that art, the artistic competence, and artistic tools can contribute to develop individuals, organisations and society as a whole. We believe that our activities contribute to a better world, a society in which art and culture are always present.

The history of TILLT in bullet-points

  • 1910 Riksskådebanan is founded – the head organisation for the nine regional Skådebanor (plural of Skådebanan) in Sweden. 
  • 1973: the "Stiftelsen Skådebanan i Göteborgsområdet" [Foundation Skådebanan in the Gothenburg area] was created by a group of organisations in Gothenburg, mostly trade unions and educational associations, but also the Swedish Employer Association (a predecessor of the Swedish Confederation of Enterprise), Gothenburg’s Folkteatern (The Popular Theatre), and municipal culture departments. The purpose was mostly to “spread information about, as well as widening and deepening interest in the performing arts and music." 
  • 1989: the foundation became a non-profit association
  • 1999: the association changed its name to Skådebanan Västra Götaland, and received, from the newly formed Västra Götaland Regional Authority, a regional commission to develop its work in the promotion of culture. The activities were at the time basically ticket brokering and delegate work.
  • During the 00s, the organisation developed, beginning to bring together artists and organisation/workplaces. 
  • Since January 1st of 2009, our work is developed through a company format, under the name TILLT. The company is not-for-profit, and is 100% owned by the nonprofit association Skådebanan Västra Götaland. Nowadays we focus on creative and artistic processes in organizations and in society at large, and also cooperate in several international European projects.